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>> and now, "bbc world news america." >> this is bbc world news america reporting from washington. as the terrorist issue an internet statement admitting that he is dead, barack obama decorates the u.s. troops who killed him. >> i could say on behalf of all americans and people around the world, job well done. >> how brave or the syrian protectors in city after city, people take to the streets to find a government threats and violence. how did public picasso end up in richmond, virginia. in museum of his coveted exhibition featuring hundreds of his works.
>> the entire spectrum, the sweeping spectrum of his career. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. after the raid that killed osama bin laden, a statement from al qaeda confirms his death. they threaten retaliation, warning that america's happiness will be turned to sorrow. and a video that the leader supposedly made before his death. >> to this video is said to show his bedroom, affectively his prison. the small space where he spent five years.
we can't verify its authenticity. he may have passed the time here plotting attacks. sketched out a plan to derail a train on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. today, near his compound, graffiti renaming the district has a saying long live bin laden. they have been painted over. a away, and other forbidden location. pakistan's main intelligence agency. they neglected to capture him. there have been protests on the streets. here and elsewhere against the operation that killed him.
they haven't planned anti- american sentiment. >> protesters are on the move out. that there is a lot of anger about the raid on his compound. they are also angry at their own [inaudible] they condemned the president, but most of the theory was aimed at president obama. this man told us he would shoot the americans himself if they ever returned. >> the attack on the sovereignty and dignity of pakistan, the have no right to come into pakistan. >> demonstrators say the americans have killed the man, not the idea. >> president obama was in
kentucky this afternoon addressing soldiers recently returned from afghanistan. in his remarks, he found that it would ultimately be defeated, and his gratitude to u.s. service members. >> i came for a simple reason. to say thank you on behalf of america. this has been the historic week in the life of our nation. thanks to the incredible skill, courage of countless individuals, over many years, the terrorist leader that struck our nation will never threaten america again. >> while he may be gone, could his surviving network still
wreak havoc on the u.s. and other countries around the world. to help answer that is a u.s. spokesman. thank you for joining us. they have already threatened america. but with its leader dead, do you think it is in a position right now to carry out another attack? >> the short answer is yes. not the core. but over the last 10 years, they have transformed itself has a much more diffuse and networks. you have franchises in places like yemen. the last couple of attempts against the united states have ties to yemen as well as pakistan. they're certainly capable of doing that. >> given the scattered organization, do you think any of the location -- information is capable of giving us information on preventing
attacks in those parts of the world? >> just as the revenge motive gives them an impetus to attempt something in the near term, the same fact that he is gone also gives intelligence and law- enforcement an opportunity. they will have to communicate in order to affirm that the taking over as the presumed leader who with him gone. others may try to fill that void. it means there will be chatter in the network. that comes an opportunity that will lead to an arrest. the computers that were found in his room to provide additional information. some of the animation might be dated, but these are good intelligence finds. >> moving to the u.s. relationship with pakistan, all you have any doubt that within the government, they knew that
he was there? >> there is either complicity or incompetence. the unpleasant choices for pakistan. i was rich secretary clinton a year-and-a-half ago when she said it was hard for us to believe that no one in the government knows where he is. these are questions that deserve answers from pakistan. with your report, they are embarrassed by the discovery. the real question is, how can this relationship move ahead. pakistan is a little bit in between. the have had relationships with these groups in the past. secretary gates said the hedge their bets. they have come to begin to realize that these extremist elements are also a threat to pakistan. they have moved a little bit and they have to move some more. >> what is next. >> is very complex.
they have a question of strength and the government and where they can face down threats to them as well as others. >> thank you for joining us. 9/11 remains the most searing encounter with international terrorism. the 77 attacks in london who occupy a similar position in british consciousness. there were bombings of three underground trains. they killed 52 people. today, the official in question -- they have the details. >> of this summer sees the sixth anniversary of the london bombings. they told the story of the seventh of july. 52 were murdered. they said they had been unlawfully killed in a dreadful
act of terrorism. they looked at how london and some of the victims responded to a long-feared attack. the bereaved families have taken the 60-page report culminating in a clutch of recommendations. >> whatever is written, whatever has been said, it can help people in the future had one would hope a recommendation is affected. they do not bring my son back. >> a major part of the request focused on the response. the highlighted delays in dispatching fire and ambulance crews. >> should we have had more resources to those things, yes we should. >> they just said on the balance of probabilities, each would have died at whatever time the emergency services have reached and rescue them.
>> of the daughter was one of those that did not die instantly. >> could there have been fights? she might have had the chance. >> of the other big area was the role of the security service. on whether the attacks could have been prevented. the final image >> 2 of them have come out of more than a year before they were set off to commit mass murder. the seventh of july, a surveillance photo was crushed to this. they tried to establish their identities. this was one area where the security service comes in from the corner. there also accused of failing to correct errors. they say it is essential that they receive accurate information from the security
service so that he can probably hold a service to account and reports the prime minister, parliament, and the public. >> that will be considering very carefully he corners report and recommendation. >> and the families are appealing to the secretary to act on those recommendations. >> it is not acceptable that she says they will consider them and nothing happens. these recommendations have not been made lightly. >> it was the worst terrorist attack on british soil. emergency services of both say they have made improvements. >> across syria, thousands of people took part in anti- government protests. defying the heavy presence of security forces, clashes were reported in several cities. at least 30 people were killed.
the middle east editor who has been following developments and filed this report. >> just outside, the place where the protests started, women and children joined the latest marches. they are prepared to take the risk of being shot. it is the sign of fear evaporating. once again, across the country, demonstrations followed. is relyingeporting on amateur pictures and information coming out of syria. we have not been allowed to send teams in the the country. demonstrators were shot. the news agency reported that 10 soldiers and policemen were also killed by what it called terrorists. human rights groups are not buying the claim that it is facing an armed insurrection. what it looks like here is a
systematic attack on the civilian population. a political decision to shoot and kill unarmed demonstrators. that could very well be a crime against humanity. >> the president was still looking like a man who had spent 11 years in power promising reform. in the worst crisis he has faced, he is choosing repression. >> as we have mentioned, journalists are not allowed officially into syria. but i did speak to a reliable source. he cannot be named. i asked him about the current situation in the capital. >> you could say it is quiet but tense. people took to the streets and clashed with security men. they reacted in boston this has
been happening every friday to a greater or lesser degree. >> where do you see the situation developing? >> this is happening in the heart of damascus. that is the heart of the regime of. more people are participating. he is really showing the people becoming more defiant, people are more serious about demanding change. you could say that having such a kind of protest continuing, more people are joining. it makes people crossing the point. >> in libya, the regime responded angrily to the
proposal to use assets to fund the rebels. as the discussions over financial and military assistance continue, how much do we know about opposition forces? young men have previously been sent abroad to fight against america. that is raising concerns about aiding them out. >> if there is a hidden underside to the revolution, it is a good place to look for it. this coastal city not far from the egyptian border has become famous for its radicalism. not hard to find out why. i was taken to a man that has become part of the well- documented export industry. >> they tell me that in 2003, he volunteered to fight the americans in iraq.
he signed up at a libyan office and was of -- a few weeks later injured in battle. they will oust him from power. they now have the support of western powers, of course. but my basic be marching to a more militant and western tune? >> we are for moderation, we're fighting for freedom and democracy. >> they keep telling the world that we are islamic extremists. in fact, they have long been the center of opposition who to the colonel. he permitted the gunmen to fight abroad for fear that he goes as every foreign fighter was one less problem for him.
>> in the speech, democracy, you will see that most of the people will live a normal life like anywhere else. >> everybody we speak to make the same points. although he has been warning the world about the dangers of extremism in cities like this, it was he that was encouraging and funding the young man to go abroad to fight. the real point behind this is that he is only now beginning to be heard. >> of the revolution, they insist will not be more extremism but will be part of a peaceful future. >> you are watching bbc world news america, still to come on tonight's program. the personal collection of public picasso in an unlikely place. he will tell you how richmond va got the masterpieces.
hiring again was the news on u.s. jobs front last monday as the numbers talked predictions. the unemployment rate inched upward. >> it was a good week for the people are arriving in indianapolis. american employers are creating jobs even with the higher price of petrol. >> we went through one of the worst recessions in our history. worst in our lifetimes. the worst since the great depression. his economic momentum that is taken place here and all across the country -- >> another of those bright spots is this factory where they have been taking on staff. >> in the past nine months, i have been fortunate enough to
add staff. >> 6 million americans were out of work. the job search is over. but he knows what that feeling is like. >> we are on line, and employment centers, the russian manufacturers in this industrial part of brooklyn are taking on more staff. but they are not the only sector of the economy that is adding jobs. >> mcdonald's is serving up more than burgers and fries. it went on a super sized spree taking on 6000 new staff in one day. she was more than one of 1 million applicants. armed with the rise of the unemployment rate, the recovery in the labour market still has a long way to go. bbc news, new york.
>> from a grim discovery in africa, the precautions taken in japan, these are the stories making news around the world tonight. they are being sent to investigate. residents have told the red cross that as many as 40 bodies have been found at a soccer field. it was not clear which side in the conflict was responsible for the death. nationalists in scotland are celebrating a decisive election victory. they are paving the way for a referendum on independence from britain. the japanese government has passed a power company to shut down three nuclear reactors. the move follows a safety review of all of japan's reactors and
is feared that the future earthquake could cause another radiation crisis. to one of the world goes the greatest collections of art. in the heart of paris is a museum containing the personal collection. the building is being renovated. the masterpiece is traveling the world. you would expect the cities to get a glimpse, but the exhibition is in richmond, virginia. in this first-person accounts, the director of the virginia museum of fine art talks about the collection and how he is getting big city museums are run for their money. >> when john buchanan called me with that opportunity for this picasso show, we immediately left that it and said that we have to do it. this exposition was supposed to be in new york city.
they wavered and that is when you can call me in 24 hours. i told john, don't call anybody else. the first and we had to do was go to russia. we were opening this exhibition in the middle of february. we literally went right to the airport the next week, overnight flight, landed in moscow in the middle of the worst snowstorm they have had since 1966.
we only had 39 hours on the ground to see the exhibition and convince her that it should come to virginia. she knew about our museum of. she knew about the way in the. we showcase how great collections around the world, but also an audience here in richmond and virginia. they were eager for something as important as picasso. sometimes just showing up makes a difference. in this exhibition bettis 5% of the collection, you get to see it in this wonderful whey.
the visitor really gets to understand picasso and his world had his life in a way that even as picasso, you are not able to do. the first work of art in this exhibition comes at the very beginning of the twentieth century. you have eight decades representing the entire spectrum, the sweeping spectrum of his career. the great phrase, give me a museum and i will fill its. there is a compassion that you really find by going home from work of art to work of art. if there is a thread, it is about part of the man that i have to say you don't really see in major collections of his works or in some of these masterpieces that are known
about picasso. >> of this is the collection he kept to represent the greatest works of art. i think that taking away from the show, the one thing people have this for themselves a greater passion for life. we can allow you not just to look, but to see. sometimes we don't really see it. it is now one of the 10 largest comprehensive art museums. our motto is quite simple, we are bringing the world to virginia. the director of the virginia museum of fine arts on the picasso collection. that does it for tonight's broadcast, but you can find constant updates on our web site.
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